Ankle injuries can occur at any time, keeping you from work, exercise, and other routine activities. At Lower Limb Institute, board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Mina Abadeer, DPM, uses his years of experience and advanced technologies to diagnose and treat various ankle injuries, including fractures, sprains, infections, and deformities. To schedule an appointment at the Hackensack or Edison, New Jersey, office, call or book online today.
Ankle injuries occur due to general wear-and-tear, accidents, or trauma. If you experience an ankle injury, it can affect your mobility and quality of life.
Your ankle joint consists of three bones that are surrounded by dozens of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These hard and soft tissues work together to assist you with daily movements like walking, running, and standing.
Though tough, they aren’t invincible. If you step down awkwardly, pull a muscle, or drop a heavy object on your foot, it may result in a fracture, strain, or another serious injury.
Common symptoms of ankle injuries include:
If you suffer an ankle injury, you might also find it difficult to stand up, walk, or place weight on your affected ankle.
At Lower Limb Institute, Dr. Abadeer treats a variety of common ankle injuries, including:
A fracture occurs when a bone cracks or snaps due to pressure, trauma, or physical activity.
Fractures vary in size –– some are smaller than a hair and heal on their own; others cause a bone to break into several pieces and require surgery, casting, or a splint.
Sprains are one of the most common ankle injuries. They occur when the ligaments surrounding your ankle joint get overextended, causing small tears to form.
These tears become inflamed, resulting in swelling, bruising, and sensitivity.
If you have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or another chronic condition that affects your circulation, you’re also more likely to develop an infection.
To lower your risk of cuts, scrapes, and other similar problems, take time to inspect your feet and ankles daily. In addition, wear socks and comfortable, supportive shoes.
Some deformities are congenital, meaning you’re born with them, while others occur due to trauma. No matter the underlying cause, ankle deformities can affect your mobility and ability to exercise.
Dr. Abadeer can develop a treatment plan to correct these abnormalities and help you feel better.
Treatment for ankle injuries depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, Dr. Abadeer recommends conservative at-home treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation. You might also benefit from taking over-the-counter pain medication.
If your symptoms persist or get worse, Dr. Abadeer might recommend physical therapy, custom orthotics, or at-home exercises to improve your ankle’s strength and flexibility. If you fracture your ankle or have a severe deformity, surgery might be necessary.
To learn more about treatment for ankle injuries, schedule a consultation at Lower Limb Institute. Call the nearest location or book online today.